† Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) is a dead castrated Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2012-05-01? at Circus Krone, in Germany, .
Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) was born wild 1964.
Claimed weight: 7 tons, and height: 3.50 meter high are probably unrealistic, but he is over three meters, and more than 5,5 tons heavy.
According to EEG
he was 3.08 meters.
"When this elephant came to Circus Vargas from the LA Zoo in 1973 he had already been castrated at the Vet School in Davis, Cal. To my knowledge, the first time this had ever been done successfully. At the zoo he was called "Dillinger" so they must have known something. With Vargas he was trained by Wally Ross who re-named him "Colonel" after my dad colonel Williams Woodcock but later Rex Williams changed it to "Joe" (Joe Metcalf) since he always preferred one syllable names. For some reason, his billing has remained "Colonel Joe", even in Europe."
"Jack [Badal] named him Dillinger because he was a tough little fellow and full of himself. The Los Angeles Zoo did a contest with the zoo patrons to name the baby, after a few weeks they came up with Wise Guy."
//Ivan Henry, The Circus Blog
The North American Regional Studbook for the Asian Elephant formerly listed this elephant with a Temporary Studbook Number (T2143), lacking "supporting documentation to validate their identity." However, the 2010 Edition updates his entry to #679.
(The name Colonel Joe (Dillinger, Wise Guy) is already submitted into the link, just click on the link for relevant results)